the great crossing

Type MH

Type MH
1924
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THE CHALLENGE

In the 1920s, crossing Africa - and thus the Sahara - remained a real technical feat. When Citroën chose off-road vehicles to achieve this feat, Renault decided to use a 3-axle vehicle with low-pressure pneumatic wheels. This was Renault Type MH, a derivative of Renault Type KZ, the standard model.

1924

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DUELLING

IN THE SUN

On November 15, 1924, Renault embarked on its trip across Africa, leaving from Colomb-Béchar (in Algeria) with the aim of reaching Cape Town, South Africa. The previous day, Citroën had set off on the same journey. The two car makers were in competition on this 23,000 km race.

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STEP ON

THE GAS

By choosing “classic” rather than off-road tyres, Renault wielded considerable advantage over the competition. And the reliability, speed and fuel consumption improved. In terms of engine, Renault Type MH was equipped with a 4-cylinder 2120 cc inline engine, achieving 10 hp. This engine, combined with the pneumatic wheels, allowed the vehicle to achieve a maximum speed of around 50 kph.

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original soundtrack

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THIS PLAYLIST

African beats and the harshness of the desert echo the sounds of Renault Type MH and its De Dion-Bouton engine.

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COMPROMISING

PHOTO

It so happened that the Renault and Citroën expeditions, in direct competition, met in the middle of the desert but no photograph of the encounter could be found... until the discovery a few years ago of a photo album for sale at a booth at a French collector vehicles show: while casually browsing through this photo album, the Renault Classic team was surprised to discover the “forbidden” photos of this historic meeting!

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FROM SIX

TO A DOZEN

A little anecdote for your next dinner party: With its 3 axles, Renault Type MH was dubbed the “6-wheeler”. In reality, Type MH had not 6 but 12 wheels! Each of its 3 axles had 2 twin wheels on each side.

technical features

DE DION-BOUTON

SINGLE-CYLINDER UNIT

  • Performance and engine

    De Dion-Bouton single-cylinder unit

    4 cylinders inline

    2120 cc - 10 HP

    3-speed gearbox with 2-position reduction gear + reverse

    around 50 kph

  • dimensions
    Length 4,28 m
    Width 1,92 m
    Height 2,35 m
  • architecture

    front engine, rear-wheel drive 2 rear-wheel drive axles

    torpedo bodywork positioned on a separate chassis, equipped with 3 drive trains

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